Your health after baby
Depression and anxiety
It is very natural for a new mom to experience a wide range of emotions. Four in five new moms will experience something called the Baby Blues. Symptoms include fatigue, sadness, tearfulness, poor concentration, and irritability. These symptoms can appear a few days after birth and last up to two weeks. If these Baby Blues last longer than two weeks and you feel overwhelmed, seek help from your health care provider.
Pregnancy and Life with a New Baby is a handout that provides information to help recognize the signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.
Best Start’s Healthy Start for Baby and Me, describes the physical changes you can expect from your body after birth.
Taking care of yourself
Taking care of yourself is important so that you are better able to take care of your baby. You can do this by making sure you:
- Get plenty of rest and breaks.
- Take time for yourself to do things that you enjoy.
- Eat healthy and keep hydrated.
- Exercise moderately (once your health care provider gives you the go ahead).
- Talk with somebody (partner, friends, family, counselor, etc.).
- Use your support system to help you.
- Know when to seek help.
Who can help?
If you feel that you, or somebody you know needs help, call our Health Information Line at 705.522.9200, ext. 342 or contact your health care provider.
This item was last modified on July 16, 2018